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Invasive beetle threatens Japan’s famed cherry blossoms

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Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Aromia bungii, red-necked longhorn beetle, hanami

Mains level: Invasive species entering countries via imports and their ill effects

Invasive foreign beetle affecting cherry blossoms

  1. In Japan’s capital, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy
  2. The alien invader is Aromia bungii
  3. In serious cases, an infestation can kill a tree
  4. The species may have entered in Japan with imported wood materials

About the species

  1. The beetles live inside cherry and plum trees, stripping them of their bark
  2. They are otherwise known as the red-necked longhorn beetle
  3. It is native to China, Taiwan, the Korean peninsula and northern Vietnam

Japan’s cherry blossom

  1. The appearance of cherry blossoms is hotly anticipated each year
  2. The blooms attract tourists but also locals who organize hanami or viewing parties in cherry-blossom hotspots
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